Arconic, a materials science company, have released plans for a 3 mile high skyscraper, which eats smog. As unfeasible as this sounds, the technology has either already been made or is close to being finished. If completed, this really would be a massive step forward in environmental-conscious design and we are very excited about it.
Arconic’s engineers have been working alongside futurists to imagine the technologies that will be most useful to our society in years to come.
Their latest idea is a 3 mile high skyscraper that eats smog and pollutants around it, generating cleaner air for its surroundings. But how is it done?
Sherri McCleary, one of Arconic’s chief materials scientists, says one of the most exciting and immediate projects is EcoClean, a special coating that helps buildings self-clean and purify the surrounding air. EcoClean works by producing atoms called free radicals using light and water vapour. It is the free radicals that pull in pollutants from the air and break them down.
But eating smog is not the only trick of this skyscraper. In fact, the windows of the skyscraper can be converted into all glass balconies in under a minute. This is made possible using a design called Bloomframe, which is essentially a motorised window and it will hit the market in the near future, according to an Arconic spokesperson.
This allows the company to save money, as they will not have to build the glass windows and the balconies but rather these components will be all in one.
Skyscrapers built from 3D-printed materials could stretch more than 3 miles in the sky, Arconic says.
Some of Arconic’s other futuristic designs include flying cars, ultra-lightweight car bodies, and aerodynamic aeroplane wings.
In the meantime, it continues working to push the limits of what modern-day skyscrapers can look like and do. Thanks to 3D printing, McCleary says many structures that aren’t currently feasible could withstand high winds and unique climates.
“We’re looking at optimising the materials that can be 3D-printed to give more and more options to designers and architects,” she says.
Climate change is something that worries us at HEKKTA, so designs like this that are working cooperatively with environment really excite us and it opens up the question of what design can achieve in terms of creating a better atmosphere for all life forms and helping us develop a more environmentally friendly society. What a wondeful world we could create with a little design!